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murakami fanboys unite n stuff

yes he's very repetitive in terms of themes and tropes and yes he's no mishima or oe and yes he's got ramona flowers on the mind all the time but HEY I spent the summer exclusively reading Japanese lit so let's all dance to obscure jazz music and chain smoke
1Chuck Berry
The Best of Chuck Berry


A Wild Sheep Chase: my first book that I picked up on a whim. Upon reflection I don't find it very memorable, but I was very intrigued by the magic realism elements and relatable tone.
2Miles Davis
Sketches of Spain


The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle: To me this is still his greatest book and one of my personal favorites. Mde me reopen many feelings I had about previous relationships and also about where I was going in life and the context of history with it.
3Frederic Chopin
Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op. 54


Sputnik Sweetheart: Considered one of his lesser works, I can see where people would say that given the short length and the general ease at which it was written. That said, I loved the narrative of Sumire and her beatnikiness (as obnoxious as it was). Plus there was a little bit of variety in protagonist this time.
4Frank Sinatra
My Way: The Best of Frank Sinatra


The Elephant Vanishes: I love short stories, and some of these stories really just hit the sweet spot of Murakami calling out society or waddling in fantastical imagery of the soul or just being beautiful (The Silence, The Dancing Dwarf, On Seeing the 100% Girl...)
5The Beatles
Rubber Soul


Norwegian Wood: Fuck this one was sad. Some might find it a plain, barely buildingsroman romp through Japanese higher education, but I like to have it as a reminder that Murakami doesn't need to rely on talking cats or evil curses to create intriguing characters and plots.
6Radiohead
Kid A


Kafka on the Shore: In the process of reading this one. I get the feeling it'll be Wind-Up Bird levels of epic imagery and connecting all the dots and shit but so far I just like it.
7Ornette Coleman
The Shape of Jazz to Come


This Murakami guy is FFO: Toni Morrison, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and/or Jonathan Safran Foer
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